12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque del Retiro, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary app .

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 22nd (Sun), walk around Parc Guell and then contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Barcelona. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 24th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome journey builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Room Escape Games

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